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"Primordial Soup"  Where Life Began
"Primordial Soup" Where Life Began

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Challenge: In the Beginning... (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Location: Wellfleet, MA
Date: Mar 28, 2005
Aperture: f:8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/144
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2005

Marsh Scum, Great Island, Wellfleet

This is my attempt to create a sense of the primoridal "soup of life" from which the original, living organisms arose.

Heavily photoshopped version of a very gray image:

Curves applied for contrast

Selective color shifted in neutrals, whites and blacks

Saturation maxed out and effect faded

NeatImage applied and faded

Resized, USM, border added

Place: 256 out of 300
Avg (all users): 4.1860
Avg (commenters): 4.7778
Avg (participants): 4.0351
Avg (non-participants): 4.2865
Views since voting: 1051
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 285
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/06/2005 02:44:54 AM
I gave it an 8. Looking at the original now, I would still give you an 8 for the image, but a 12 for how you got there! I'm pretty green at PhotoShop, and often amazed at what can be done. Learning a lot here from seeing what others have been able to do. Keep up the excellent work!

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04/06/2005 12:33:28 AM
fyi seven....... underated on my scale.
Excellent colour work, even though obvious ps and edit, fantastic blue and foam...
funky green and brown/red gunk is digital pasty, but alive and contributes wierdly.
+++ presentation
+++ composition
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2005 09:26:07 PM
I like your idea a lot, but it went somewhat flat. Needs better lighting. Like how you cropped it... no unwanted and distracting stuff. The focus is fully on your topic. Interesting.
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04/01/2005 10:38:19 PM
ugh... i don't think the primordial soup looked like this
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03/31/2005 10:15:39 PM
nice composition-a bit oversaturated for this shot -causes foam to become distorted (for me anyway)- i still like it
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03/31/2005 11:22:32 AM
looks yucky! Lots of noise in your image - possibly due to over processing in PS. Not sure that I "like" the image very much, or that it is instantly "primordial soup".
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/30/2005 09:51:59 PM
Nice shot. It isn't something I would normally photograph, but it fits the challenge and looks strangely beautiful. The colors are very nice here.
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03/30/2005 08:43:47 PM
Looks like your ISO was set too high, lots of noise.
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03/30/2005 06:55:56 PM
Image looks to be over processed.
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03/30/2005 12:01:25 PM
Seems a little too grainy and un sharp IMO. Great thought for the challenge. Border is nice but try it with a white external border added to what is there.
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03/30/2005 12:58:44 AM
thumb looks like fish, cool
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